Sword of Sloth (Major Artifact)

Aura strong conjuration; CL 16th; Slot none; Price —; Weight 2 lbs.


Alignment LE; Ego 25; Senses 30 ft. (vision and hearing); Int 18, Wis 10, Cha 10; Communication speech/telepathy (Common, one additional); Powers If the sword is active (see Dormancy below), it can cast create food and water, endure elements, and cure serious wounds 3 times per day.


A scene of imperial decadences depicted in fantastically fine etchings—which seem to change upon each consideration— covers the surface of this +5 short sword. Every time Sword of Sloth successfully damages a creature, it gains the bane weapon special ability, with the target’s creature type being its designated foe. This additional weapon quality actives after the weapon first strikes an opponent, granting additional damage to subsequent attacks but not the first attack. The bane weapon special ability persists for the rest of the day, or until the sword strikes a foe of a different creature type. Additionally, whenever Sword of Sloth strikes a Large or smaller foe, the target must succeed at a DC 20 Will save or be affected as per the spell dimension door. This effect functions as the spell, but Sword of Sloth’s wielder determines where his opponent is transported to, and the destination must be within the wielder’s line of sight. The wielder cannot teleport an opponent into a space occupied by another creature or a solid object. Only one creature can be affected by this ability each round, and the target can act as normal on its next turn. If the sword scores a critical hit, the target must succeed at a DC 25 Will save or be affected by the spell teleport. The sword’s wielder determines the destination, which must be very familiar to him.

Dormancy With no lords to serve, the weapons of their champions lie dormant as well, reducing each to a +2 weapon with the noted weapon special abilities but no other properties. The only way to awaken one of the blades is to restore its runelord master to active life or have some other legitimate ruler take up its master’s mantle (the weapon determines what is considered legitimate). The swords can detect such restorations and flare to full power immediately, demanding their wielder seek out the restored runelord and swear eternal fealty.


Each of the Seven Swords of Sin can be destroyed merely if commanded to break. That command, however, must come from the rightful runelord of the nation and school of magic associated with the blade.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Artifacts & Legends © 2012, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Author: F. Wesley Schneider.

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